The Archive was established in 2003 as a project within the Friends of Crayford Library group with the help of a Heritage lottery grant. At one of the meetings we had a talk given by a local historian Ted Thomas who said “when the present old people die if we do not collect their memories they will be lost forever.” This spurred the Chairperson of the Friends on to make a start on collecting everything that we could, old photographs, programs, essays, anything and everything that was encompassed within the old Crayford Urban District Council boundary was fair game. By 2008 the Archive had grown and it was decided that it would tear itself away from the Friends group and stand (with their blessing) on its own. To date we have over 90 donors and in excess of a thousand images all held electronically on our database. We meet in Crayford Library on a Monday afternoon between 2 and 4 O'clock and are always available to chat and answer queries, if we can. We started taking our own photographs to show the modern Crayford as now things were changing quite significantly. We try to attend as many local events as we can in an effort to gather more.
We can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as a personal visit to the Crayford library.
All are invited to look in and see what we are about. We have on display many images of the past and are happy to pass the time chatting over the history of the area. Of course as an archive we are always on the look out to collect new images and information to add to our database.
So next time you are in the vicinity why not drop in.
We also host the North West Kent Family History Society on the 4th Monday, so if its family tree history you are after this could be of use to you.